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The Case of the Man who Died Laughing

Author Tarquin Hall really knows how to set the stage in his book, "The Case of the Man who Died Laughing."  The sights and sounds of modern India are a major part of this intriguing mystery.  Private investigator Vish Puri looks into the death of Dr. Suresh Jha, well-known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen.  Dr. Jha died in a fit of laughter at his morning yoga class when a vision of the goddess Kali appeared in a cloud of smoke and ran him through with a sword.  While Puri is trying to find the murderer, his wife and mother have a mystery of their own.  During one of their ladies' get-togethers, two masked bandits robbed them.  They're determined to solve the crime, without telling Puri.  The audiobook, narrated by Sam Dastor, is wonderfully entertaining.  Highly recommended, especially to readers of Alexander McCall Smiths's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

Josiah for President

Could an Amish man become the leader of the United States?  After leaving the presidential race, former Congressman Mark Stedman meets Josiah Stoltzfus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Was it divine intervention that made the two gentlemen meet?  Spending a few days with Josiah and his family, Mark realizes that maybe someone with common sense, not a career politican would be best for the country.  First he needs to convince Josiah to run for president and then convince America that he is the best candidate.  Readers learn about Josiah, his Amish values and family he treasures so much.  Throw in the career politican who only thinks about himself and not the people he should be representing to add to this story.  There is, to this reader, a very unexpected ending to the book.   A delight to read and makes you think - could it ever happen?

"Double D" Biography

Driven by Donald Driver
Just finished an upcoming book on Wisconsin's beloved Donald Driver.  In "Driven: From homeless to hero, my journeys on and off Lambeau Field," Donald provides a look at his early life before his Packer career.  Wonderful story of perseverance and not letting his past stop him from his dreams.  He talks about his double life as a teenager - student during the day, selling crack and stealing cars at night.  Many father figures enter and left his life like a revolving door.  Football was something he loved and excelled at.  It was his ticket to his dreams.  As he acheived stardom on the field, he never forgot about family and the many fans he met.  After several years with the Packers, charity work became his focus to give back to those fans.  I've met Double D and he is a great role model for youth.  He also appreciates what he has now and doesn't take anything for granted.  Now he share his story with his many fans.

The Silver Star

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

Readers who liked Jeannette Walls' gripping memoir, "The Glass Castle," will want to read her new novel, "The Silver Star," that deals with the effects of a mentally ill parent on a child.  Bean Hollady is twelve, and her sister Liz is three years older.  It's 1970 in small town California, and their mother, a misunderstood singer-songwriter, has taken off to "find herself."  With money running low, and the child welfare authorities at their door, the sisters take a bus to Virginia, to vist an uncle they haven't seen in years.

Beach Read

Time Flies by Claire Cook

Looking for a light and breezy beach read for the end of summer?  Claire Cook's "Time Flies" takes the reader on a road trip on Cape Cod with Melanie and her best friend B.J.   Melanie's husband Kurt has left her for a woman named Crissy, and she lets B.J. talk her into attending their high school reunion.  It's been..umm..decades since they graduated.  The reunion plans, which include a week at a classmate's beach cottage, don't quite turn out to be what Melanie signed up for.  Cook is the author of "Must Love Dogs."

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